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Customs police chief dismissed

By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:21:00 02/14/2011

Filed Under: Government offices & agencies, Graft & Corruption, Civil & Public Services

MANILA, Philippines?The Office of the Ombudsman has found the police chief of the Bureau of Customs guilty of grave misconduct and dishonesty for failing to disclose his properties.

In a decision issued last week, the Office of the Ombudsman also ordered the dismissal from service of Jose Brigido Yuchongco, chief of the customs police.

?Foregoing considered, Jose Brigido Nicomedes Yuchongco, Special Police Chief of the Bureau of Customs, Police Division-Enforcement and Security Service, is hereby found guilty of grave misconduct and dishonesty and is hereby meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,? said the decision signed by Deputy Ombudsman Mark Jalandoni.

The complaint against Yuchongco, which was filed in 2005 by the Department of Finance?s Revenue Integrity Protection Service, identified his properties?a mansion in a Muntinlupa subdivision; a 7,210-square-meter farm in Oas, Albay; a property in San Jose, Batangas; and a 32,593-square meter land in the same town.

These properties and expenses were not declared by Yuchongco in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. The complaint also said it was impossible for a customs official to purchase these properties and to have a net worth of about P6.48 million in 2004.

According to the Ombudsman, Yuchongco?s gross annual salary in 1994 was about P54,000. In 2004, it was at P256,116.



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